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Medicine is a distinct, holistic discipline which artfully
blends natural healing therapies with current medical advances. Because
NDs are educated in the same basic sciences as
MDs, they can easily communicate and integrate with their client's other
healthcare providers. Please note that naturopathic doctors are not
regulated or licensed in the state of Texas and therefore may not
diagnose or treat disease; click here to read more about education and licensing of Naturopathic Doctors.
The following principles guide the practice of naturopathic medicine:
First, Do No Harm
medicine utilizes therapies and techniques (including herbal
medicine, dietary supplements, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, and nutritional
counseling) which have minimal risk of harmful side effects. In
addition, naturopathic doctors are trained to protect their clients from
harm by knowing when it is appropriate to refer to a specialist or
The Healing Power of Nature
principle recognizes that we all have an inherent healing
ability, which is ordered and intelligent. The role of the naturopathic
doctor is to guide and foster this innate healing tendency by helping
clients identify and remove obstacles to wellness, and establishing a
health-promoting internal and external environment.
Find the Cause
than focusing on suppressing symptoms, naturopathic doctors seek and
address the underlying cause(s) of health imbalances. Symptoms are
seen as the body's expression of an underlying imbalance; suppressing
these symptoms without addressing the root cause will not facilitate
healing and may drive the illness deeper.
Treat the Whole Person
is determined by complex interactions of one's physical, spiritual,
emotional, and social health, as well as by the interconnectedness
of different systems and organs of the body. As holistic
practitioners, naturopathic doctors recognize and honor the importance
of these connections, respecting each client as a unique individual.
Benjamin Franklin brilliantly stated, "An ounce of prevention is worth
a pound of cure". Prevention is a key component of naturopathic
medicine, from identifying and addressing one's genetic and
lifestyle risk factors, to educating about appropriate screening tests
and health-promoting lifestyle behaviors.
Doctor as Teacher
The word 'doctor' originates from the latin 'docere', which means 'teacher'.
Ultimately, the role of the doctor is to educate and serve as a
learned guide on their client's healing journey. This approach
emphasizes patient self-responsibility, and excellent communication
between doctor and client.